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Detail of Blue Ball Gown and Bubble Flower Dress by Joan Son, 2014.

Detail of Blue Ball Gown and Bubble Flower Dress by Joan Son, 2014.

CALM WEST AND TIME TRAVELERS AT JUNG CENTER GALLERY

Houston artists Joan Son and Ebony Porter share The Jung Center Gallery space this April. This exhibit will be on display from April 1-29, at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to an opening reception April 5 from 5-7 p.m.

Porter’s Calm West is a new suite of dot paintings that focus on the light, space and energy of America’s west. Alluring and dramatic, this empty, often silent landscape provides the foundation for Porter’s abstract and sublime works as she attempts to bring the calm side of the “wild West” to The Jung Center. In Time Travelers, Son comes full circle in her art, finding inspiration from the paper doll dresses she created when she was 9 years old. She has constructed full size paper garments displayed as if coming through portals of time. They ask the question, “What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?” Admission to the gallery and opening receptions is free and open to the public. For information, visit junghouston.org.
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The Johnson Development Corp. is hosting “Houston’s Largest Home Tour,” opening the doors of more than 100 model homes and hundreds of move-in ready homes during weekends in April.

The Johnson Development Corp. is hosting “Houston’s Largest Home Tour,” opening the doors of more than 100 model homes and hundreds of move-in ready homes during weekends in April.

HOUSTON’S LARGEST HOME TOUR

DURING APRIL

With more than 100 model homes open for touring throughout Houston in April, showcase events like the one planned by The Johnson Development Co. don’t get much bigger. Dubbed last year as “Houston’s Largest Home Tour,” the event has grown for its second annual launch to include nine area master-planned communities, more than 100 model homes and nearly 400 homes ready for move-in. All of the homes will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

Nine projects of the long-time Houston land developer are participating in the tour including Fall Creek, a 2,300-acre development in northeast Houston just inside Beltway 8. Fall Creek surrounds the Golf Club of Houston, home of the Shell Houston Open and is among Houston’s 10 top-selling developments. Tour maps are available at johnsondevelopment.com.
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POP-UP IN THE PARK MARKET

FOURTH SATURDAY

Pop-Up in the Park is a curated market, featuring products made or designed in the Greater Houston area that will be held the fourth Saturday of each month from 1-4 p.m. at Evelyn’s Park, 4400 Bellaire Blvd. The monthly market will showcase the creativity of the local community with jewelry, clothing, art, furniture, toys and more. The goal of the event is to bring the local community together, offer a wide variety of merchandise, and raise funds for Evelyn’s Park Conservancy. A portion of proceeds from the market will benefit the Conservancy. Admission is free and open to the public. Pop-up in the Park will also feature local musicians and food trucks.
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HOUSTON SYMPHONY’S

APRIL CALENDAR

The Houston Symphony’s April calendar provides several unique treats that are sure to excite Houston audiences. Conductor Laureate Hans Graf will return to the podium to lead the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet on April 10, 12 and 13, followed directly by Music Director Designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s return to conduct Bronfman Play Beethoven 4 on April 17-19.

April also brings family fun to the hall and beyond with Belle of the Ball on the morning of April 25 and a free concert at Discovery Green featuring Houston Symphony Concertmaster Frank Huang as leader and soloist. The Houston Symphony also honors local educators in its annual Salute to Educators concert on April 24. A POPS concert on April 25-27 will feature Grammy®-Award winning superstar Chris Botti as he returns to Houston to perform works from his newest CD.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org.
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Georges Braque, L’Oiseau noir et l’oiseau blanc (Black Bird and White Bird), 1960, oil on canvas, Private Collection, Paris.

Georges Braque, L’Oiseau noir et l’oiseau blanc (Black Bird and White Bird), 1960, oil on canvas, Private Collection, Paris.

GEORGES BRAQUE: A RETROSPECTIVE ON VIEW AT MFAH

THROUGH MAY 11

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will be the only U.S. venue to present Georges Braque: A Retrospective, the definitive retrospective of this generation that maps the evolution of this seminal artist’s career through his major paintings and collages. A selection of 75 defining works, on display through May 11, will range from the artist’s early, bold Fauvist paintings, to the radical Cubist compositions that shaped the course of modern art, to the lyrical still lifes and landscape abstractions of his later years. The Houston presentation will be an edited version of the Paris survey, drawing upon the Centre Pompidou’s deep collections of Braque’s work, with additional loans gathered from public and private collections across Europe and the United States. It is the first retrospective of the artist presented by a U.S. museum since the 1988 exhibition organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. For additional information, visit mfah.org.
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Adrian Esparza, Now and Then, 2010. Sarape, wood, nails.

Adrian Esparza, Now and Then, 2010. Sarape, wood, nails.

IN DARK LIGHT ON EXHIBIT AT HCCC

THROUGH MAY 11

In Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents works by one of the most innovative contemporary forces in Native American pottery through May 11.

Working from traditional materials and techniques, McHorse’s vessel-based art blends the boundaries of pottery and sculpture, erasing the line between function and form. As the Navajo artist’s first traveling exhibition, the show exhibits the unadorned sophistication of the sultry curves, black satiny surfaces, and modern forms of her Dark Light series.

Spectra, a site-specific installation by El Paso native Adrian Esparza, is on view through May 11. Esparza combines traditional Mexican-American craft-based practices with the universal language of geometric abstraction. HCCC is located at 4848 Main Street. For information, go to crafthouston.org.
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NAMIWALK GREATER HOUSTON

APRIL 12

Celebrating its ninth annual Houston walk, National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Houston will bring more than 2,000 walkers of all ages and backgrounds to Sam Houston Park on Saturday, April 12, for the NamiWalk Greater Houston. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 8:30 a.m. NAMIWalks, the largest mental health education and fundraising effort in the nation, brings together thousands of individuals and supporters to celebrate recovery, honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness, help raise funds, combat stigma, and promote awareness. The goal for this year’s walk is $225,000.

“NAMIWalks brings mental illness into the open and focuses on new tools for recovery that exist today,” said Glenn Urbach, executive director of NAMI Greater Houston. “NAMIWalks offers the people of Houston an opportunity to support those who live with the challenges of mental illness as well as their families.”

According to Urbach, “Our programs and services draw on the experiences of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to manage their illnesses successfully and have been extensively trained by the organization to help others do the same in their lives.”

Moreover, NAMI Greater Houston strives to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illness and effect positive change in addition to increasing public and professional understanding about mental illness.

Major corporate sponsors of the 2014 Houston NAMIWalks to date include: Christian Brothers Automotive, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Peter and Jeanne Kinnear, Urban Construction Southwest, OptumHealth, Woodway Financial Advisors, Cabot community outreach programs. To register or join a team, visit namiwalks.org/greaterhouston or call 713-970-4419.
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FIRE TRUCK PULL SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER AT PLANET LINCOLN

APRIL 12

The 2014 Fire Truck Pull will be held Saturday, April 12, at Planet Lincoln, located at 20440 I-45 North in Spring. Participants can play “tug of war” with a 55,000-pound  fire truck to raise money for Special Olympics Texas and compete for prizes. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9:45 a.m., with the First Pull at 10:15 a.m. Awards follow at 11:30 a.m., with entertainment by Woodlands Idol winners, a dunking booth and food vendors.

Registration is $480 per team of 12 or $40 per individual. Registration can be done online at sotx.org/firetruckpull. Sponsorships are available and range from $600 to $5,000. For more information, contact Terri Stewart at tstewart@sotx.org or 713-290-0049.

The Fire Truck Pull is a Law Enforcement Torch Run® event, which is the Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. Special Olympics athletes and Law Enforcement Torch Run® officers carry the “Flame of Hope” at the Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics competitions around the world.
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BOYS & GIRLS HARBOR CHILDREN’S FASHION SHOW

APRIL 12

The 2014 Boys & Girls Harbor Children’s Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held April 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston.

Boys & Girls Harbor is a residential community offering care for children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, and children whose families are in financial crisis. The Harbor has a charter school, athletic and agriculture programs, and transitional living training where lives are changed and cycles of abuse broken. To register, go to boysandgirlsharbor.org.
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WEST HOUSTON FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

APRIL 13

The Second Annual West Houston Food Truck Festival will take place Sunday, April 13, from noon-4 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 13875 Brimhurst in Houston. There will be nine food trucks including Coreanos, Flaming Patties, The Golden Grill, Koagie Hots, Sandi’s Sweet Treats Snow Cones,Third Coast Sandwiches,Tila’s Tacos,The Waffle Bus, and What’s Up Cupcake. A portion of proceeds will go to the Houston Food Bank. Visit westhoustonfoodtruckfestival.com for information.
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BOYS & GIRLS HARBOR CHILDREN’S FASHION SHOW

APRIL 12

The 2014 Boys & Girls Harbor Children’s Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held April 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston.

Boys & Girls Harbor is a residential community offering care for children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, and children whose families are in financial crisis. The Harbor has a charter school, athletic and agriculture programs, and transitional living training where lives are changed and cycles of abuse broken. To register, go to boysandgirlsharbor.org.
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Co-chairs Gerald Franklin and Joan Schnitzer Levy.

Co-chairs Gerald Franklin and Joan Schnitzer Levy.

ESCAPE CELEBRITY SERVE BENEFIT

APRIL 13

The 2014 ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit will take guests to OZ and back Sunday, April 13, 6 p.m., with “Emerald City… There’s No Place Like Home!” as the theme for its 33rd annual fundraiser. The dinner and auction will feature an array of costumed TV, radio, sports and society celebrity servers at Tony’s restaurant, 3755 Richmond Avenue. The personalities serve up sparkling conversation with guests in the spirit of raising much-needed funds for ESCAPE Family Resource Center programs that help to prevent child abuse and neglect in the greater Houston community.

Celebrities who have signed up for serving duties include KTRK-TV News Anchor Tom Koch, KHOU-TV reporter Courtney Zubowski Haas, Buzz Lady Roseann Rogers, KPRC Radio Host Michael “High Tech Texan” Garfield, News 92FM’s Bonnie Petrie, mystery writer and foodie radio host John DeMers, and stylists extraordinaire Edward Sanchez and Todd Ramos.

The ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit is a major annual source of funding for the nonprofit organization and is held in April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  ESCAPE’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect before a child is harmed. Tickets start at $400. Table sponsorships range from $4,000 to $15,000. To purchase tickets or tables, or donate to the live auction, call Chris Rambeaux at 832-367-9117 or go to learntoparent.org and click on  “Celebrity Serve Benefit.”
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HERMANN PARK’S CENTENNIAL

APRIL 25

Save the date for Hermann Park’s Centennial on Friday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. This is Hermann Park Conservancy’s largest annual fundraiser that will also celebrate Hermann Park’s 100th year in 2014. Gala guests will enjoy strolling along the Jones Reflection Pool, dining beside McGovern Lake, and dancing under the stars on Molly Ann Smith Plaza. For more information, visit hermannpark.org.
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SPWP HOSTS DERRICKS & DICE CASINO CHARITY EVENT

MAY 3

The Society of Professional Women in Petroleum (SPWP) will host the 29th Annual Derricks & Dice Casino Charity event on May 3 at the Red Oak Ballroom/CITYCENTRE, Norris Conference Center, 808 Town & Country Lane in Houston. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will also enjoy casino games, prizes and a raffle drawing.

SPWP, an organization formed to support professional career women in the petroleum industry through technology and information, has been able to award approximately $880,000 in scholarships to young women in the greater Houston and surrounding area. Tickets are $65 and include $1,000 play gambling money. Visit spwp.org for registration and sponsorship information or call
713-285-5072.
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Untitled by Maryam Lavaf from the exhibition Escape.

Untitled by Maryam Lavaf from the exhibition Escape.

ESCAPE EXHIBITION AT ARCHWAY GALLERY

BEGINNING MAY 3

Archway Gallery presents Escape, featuring new paintings by member artist Maryam Lavaf. The exhibition will be on view May 3-June 5. The artist will be at the exhibition’s opening reception on Saturday, May 3, from 5-8 p.m. to visit with guests and provide insight about her work.

Lavaf believes her abstract paintings originate from life’s experiences. The content of her paintings is based on elements like the earth, sun, plants and her emotional responses to nature. Lavaf knows a work is complete when it finds its own life, at which point she prefers to hide her intentions and allow viewers to come up with their own conclusions. Lavaf begins each piece picturing a sound, perhaps something as simple as the sound of a leaf dropping. Each work reveals its own logic and guidelines and is therefore unique and ruled by its own laws.    For information, visit ArchwayGallery.com or call 713-522-2409.


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